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Police, Youth Clash In Kebbi Claim 2 Lives
A violent clash between the police and some youths in Warra, Ngaski local government area of Kebbi has led to the death of two people, while several others were injured.
Police public relations officer in Kebbi, Mohammed Mainagge, a deputy superintendent of police, who confirmed this, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Birnin Kebbi on Friday that the clash occurred on Wednesday.
He said that two persons died in the clash, which ensued when some youths attempted to burn down the divisional police station in the area.
Mainagge, however, said that normalcy had since been restored in the area, while investigations into the causes of the clash had commenced.
The chief orientation and mobilisation officer, National Orientation Agency, NOA in Ngaski council area, Yusuf Umar, said the clash was triggered by a dispute between one Suleiman Aliyu and a policeman identified as Bala Atto.
He explained that attempts by Atto to arrest Aliyu for assaulting a policeman in uniform were resisted by some youths, who accused the police of victimisation.
He said that Aliyu took the matter to court, while the magistrate referred the matter to the police for investigation.
Umar said the police investigation found that Aliyu had a case to answer and that the court ordered that he should be remanded in prison.
He said that when the court refused to grant bail to the accused, some irate youths, who protested against the court’s verdict, became unruly and violent in their agitation for Aliyu’s bail.
Umar said that in the ensuing fracas, the police attempted to restore calm and fired some shots which led to the death of two persons.